Reggae

Rastamonday – (Rhian Ayanna “Home”)

“Born in New York and reared in the West Indies, Rhian was destined to breathe notes filled with diversity, warmth, and spice. The same voice that has journeyed through Gospel and Jazz realms can just as easily ease into a Caribbean melody and mix it up with urban flavors. Much like a chameleon, Rhian is able to take on the colors of the music that surrounds her, becoming one with sound and vibration. With a quality such as this, it is no wonder that her nation-wide experiences include performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club, a vocal appearance on RH Factor’s 2004 Grammy-nominated Strength EP and background vocal performances with Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets.” Fulljoy your Rastamonday and this amazing record from Rhian Ayanna, bless up!

Rhian Ayanna – “Home”

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Rastamonday – (The Black Seeds “So true”)

New Zealand based Reggae band The Black Seeds have been running for over 10 years now and have made a lifestyle of touring their upbeat grooves around the world. They have been building a large following worldwide from their great live shows.  They’re currently working on a new album and touring NZ’s summer festival circuit with Ladi6 and Trinity Roots. Fulljoy this Rastamonday, this beautiful tune, and the amazing camera work from director Gareth Moon! Bless up!

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Fuel Box – “I” [Full album]

I’ve come to find, when listening to new music, that your overall opinion on the project will ultimately depend on your mood before going into it. This morning I had a serious web site scare with dorshmusic, but it really just made me realize how much I value the site, the people who contribute, and the people who submit.

I’ve had Dutch duo Fuel Box playing all morning, and alluding to my aforementioned mood, let’s just say they turned my frown upside down. Their sound combines old soul, blues, dub and modern hip-hop into catchy, psychedelic, soul pop songs. In my opinon, I can hear influences from acts such as Nightmares on Wax “Bits & Bytes”, “So much soul”, The Black Keys “Get out”,”What you do for love”, and Jamiroquai “Cool”, “One Day”. There are definitely reggae undertones all throughout the album as well, which is super cool!!! I can’t single out any one track just yet as a favorite, but all the ones I took time reference above are fresh. I’m excited to see what else is to come from Producer Joshua Boon, and singer Remy Britsemmer. For now  fulljoy the sounds and remember, “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone (or almost gone :P)”. Bless up!!

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Rastamonday – (Sizzla “What’s wrong with the picture”)

Sizzla has always been one of my favorite artists, solely because he speaks the truth about whatever is on his mind or in his heart. Know for his classic “bun a fire” chant, Sizzla is easily one of Jamaica’s most discernible artist worldwide. Fulljoy this record from  the Xterminator Family (Jesse Royal, Kayla Bliss & Sizzla Kalonji). Bless up!

Sizzla – “What’s wrong with the picture

 

 

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Rastamonday – (Hugh Mundell “King of Israel”)

Mundell was still a teenager when he teamed with influential producer Joe Gibbs to record a still-unreleased single, “‘Where Is Natty Dread?” His first break came when he was hired as a DJ for Augustus Pablo’s Rockers sound system. His debut single, “Africa Must Be Free,” was released in early 1975. Mundell also recorded several 12″ singles as Jah Levi.

A teenage prodigy, he recorded “Africa Must be free by 1983” at the tender age of 16. The album received 5 stars from Rolling Stone Magazine. Although produced by Augustus Pablo, Hugh wrote all the songs, thereby earning himself the name “Blessed Youth”.

What seemed likely to be a brilliant career, was cut short when Mundell was shot to death in 1983 while driving in a vehicle with friend and fellow musician Junior Reid in Kingston, Jamaica. At the time of his death, Mundell had produced five LPs and numerous singles. Fulljoy this Rastamonday, and the sweet sound of this classic, Bless up!

“I love Jah Jah so, Jah Jah is real”

Hugh Mundell – “King of Israel

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